Way back in June, I signed up to be a part of something pretty spectacular. Amanda from I am Baker decide to hold her second annual Desserts for the Deserving. You can read all about it on her post but, it is basically a program that allows people to nominate someone close to them that is going through a hard time, to receive a package from a caring blogger to help brighten their day. I was so excited to be able to be a part of it this year!
The nominees I received were more than deserving of the package I sent them! I wont disclose their story for privacy’s sake but, they were in a situation that many Americans are currently facing. What I found truly unique about their situation however, is that they have been married for 40 years! How awesome is that?! In today’s day and age, that is not something you hear very often. I commend them for their strength in dealing with their current situation and even more so for their commitment to each other. I hope that the package I sent them brought a smile to their face because, they certainly deserve it!
What I sent them was a package with two different kinds of sugar cookies, neapolitan cookies, a picture my oldest colored, and a note saying why the heck I was sending them cookies. I have no clue if the package arrived safely and on time but, I can only hope the cookies weren’t a crumbled, stale mess when they got them! If they were a mess, my sincerest apologies! Its the thought that counts right…?! I hope so!
These neapolitan cookies are so much fun for summer! They have all the color appeal of the ice cream without the worry of melting. Their also pretty darn tasty! Whether you bake these to ship to someone you feel is deserving or you’re just in need of a smile yourself, these fun cookies are sure to brighten anyone’s day!
Adapted from Taste of Home
Yields 6 Dozen Cookies
1 Cup Butter, Plus 1 Tablespoon
1 1/2 Cups Granulated Sugar, Plus 2 Tablespoons
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Almond Extract
6 Drops Red Food Coloring
2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Line a 9×5 inch bread pan with waxed or parchment paper and set aside. In a large bowl, cream together 1 cup butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar. Add in egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated. In a separate bowl, combine 2 1/2 cups flour with the baking powder and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture stirring until incorporated. Remove dough from bowl and divide evenly into three portions. Add one portion back to your mixing bowl and then, add in the almond extract and food coloring. Stir until well combined and dough is pink all the way through. Remove dough from the mixing bowl and press into the lined bread pan, spreading dough evenly over pan. Next, spread a second portion of non colored dough evenly over the pink layer. Making sure the mixing bowl is scraped clean first, add the final dough portion back into the mixing bowl. Add cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon butter, and 2 tablespoons sugar in with the dough and mix until completely incorporated. Finally, spread chocolate dough over the non colored dough in the bread pan. Cover pan and freeze for several hours or overnight.
Once dough is frozen, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Run a sharp knife along the edge of the bread pan to loosen dough from sides. Flip the pan over to remove dough from pan and then discard parchment or waxed paper. cut the dough in half long ways and then cut each portion into 1/8 inch slices. Place cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet 1 inch apart and bake for 12 minutes. Allow to cool on a cooling rack before serving. Enjoy!
This dough is pretty sticky. To make spreading the dough a bit easier, I found that using damp (clean) fingers works best.
Always cut the dough while still frozen. Its a mess if you don’t. I tried.
The dough can be frozen for much longer than overnight so long as the pan is well sealed so, if you wish to make up the dough but, don’t need it for a while, no worries! You can also remove the dough from the pan, cut in half as directed above and then place one section back into the freezer (in a sealed container) right away. This makes a lot of cookies so, unless you have a lot of people to share with, you may want to do so.